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Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:24 AM

This man with Dementia's best friend Rose was someone else's best friend first


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A few years ago my husband was diagnosed with Dementia. As he entered the late stages, it became difficult for me to keep up with him while he was working outside. I felt that we needed a dog to watch over him. During my daily prayer, I asked for a dog to be sent to him, one that would love him enough to become his guardian when I was not able to be there.

In about 2 weeks this stray dog entered our yard. I managed to contact her owner. He came and took her home but she was back the next morning. This became an everyday occurrence. But while here, she never left my husband’s side, staying close to him but never in his way. One day I found my husband on the road, the dog walking beside him. I watched in amazement as she led him safely home.

The owner noticed how she was getting attached to my husband. He said some dogs’ sense disabilities like this and he asked me to keep her so she could continue watching over him. He had named her Rose. I did keep her and was so proud to have her. I thought back to our granddaughter Haley Rose, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 17.

I believe my prayer was answered at the time this man, about 2 years prior, got this puppy at the shelter and named her Rose. This sweet loving dog had been sent here to watch over my husband and she did her job well. Even though my husband is now in a healthcare center, our precious Rose is still here; now watching over me. She was sent on a mission to rescue me and I will be forever grateful. She has captured the hearts of all our family members and she will be well cared for and loved the rest of her life.

Shirley D
Lebanon, MO

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Reply This man with Dementia's best friend Rose was someone else's best friend first (Original post)
Omaha Steve Sep 2014 OP
phylny Sep 2014 #1
roody Sep 2014 #2
PumpkinAle Sep 2014 #3
MineralMan Sep 2014 #4
all american girl Sep 2014 #5
Tom_Foolery Sep 2014 #6
Tansy_Gold Sep 2014 #7
lavenderdiva Sep 2014 #8
Coventina Sep 2014 #9
world wide wally Sep 2014 #10
Thirties Child Sep 2014 #11
magical thyme Sep 2014 #12
tjl148 Sep 2014 #14
roguevalley Sep 2014 #13
tjl148 Sep 2014 #15
onecent Sep 2014 #16
joanbarnes Sep 2014 #17
BrotherIvan Sep 2014 #18
Enthusiast Sep 2014 #19
DesertDiamond Sep 2014 #20
littlemissmartypants Sep 2014 #30
Ilsa Sep 2014 #21
zwyziec Sep 2014 #22
lunatica Sep 2014 #23
tblue37 Sep 2014 #24
Dem_in_Nebr. Sep 2014 #25
tjl148 Sep 2014 #26
Skittles Sep 2014 #32
tjl148 Sep 2014 #36
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2014 #27
littlemissmartypants Sep 2014 #31
enigmatic Sep 2014 #28
brer cat Sep 2014 #29
marym625 Sep 2014 #33
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:28 AM

1. k/r n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:31 AM

2. Rose looks like my foster dog of

9 months, Rottweiler-shepherd. He needs a job.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:36 AM

3. Beautiful

thanks for sharing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:50 AM

4. Nice. Thanks for posting this.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:11 AM

5. That was beautiful...Thanks

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:32 AM

6. What a sweet dog. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:43 AM

7. There are angels

We just call them dogs.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:00 AM

8. That's a beautiful story

thank you for sharing it -- I believe our furry family members are heaven-sent.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:09 AM

9. What a beautiful story!

An incredibly generous gift, to give up one's dog like that.
He must have seen that it was meant to be and he had played his part.

Wow!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:18 AM

10. Dogs are amazing animals

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:27 AM

11. Your story gave me chills.

So true and so beautiful.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:33 AM

12. what a wonderful story....

 

now I've got something in my eye...

HOOZAGOODOGGIE?!?! ROSIESZAGOODOGGIE!!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:40 AM

13. there are no coincidences, my friend. this was done for them and by their loved

ones on the other side. dogs are angels. this one is. I wish I could hug this baby.

I lost my dachshunds one by one over three years. they were eighteen and abouts. I didn't want another dog but you don't seem to get a choice. I got a rescue Chihuahua given to me whose owner died of cancer. he is the best little dog, so loving and has so many familiar ways I think it must by my Andrew.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:44 AM

15. Wonderful!

Just so many nice and good things in this. Thanks for sharing. With all that is going on in the world we need more post like this.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:07 PM

16. What a sweet story...and what a precious fur baby!!!! She

looks so content in her doggy picture...like she is saying I have found someone to love and someone who needs me and I love him back. Precious face!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:08 PM

17. Thank you Shirley D. for sharing your beautiful story.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:33 PM

18. That's why people love their pets

They love us so much more.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:37 PM

19. Wow! Kicked and recommended!

Rose is on a mission! [url=http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons.php][img][/img][/url]

How awesome!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:56 PM

20. Isn't it amazing how powerful the vibrations of our thoughts are? And so amazing too that Rose's

first best friend saw that Rose needed to be with your husband. What good fortune you have created!

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Response to DesertDiamond (Reply #20)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:12 PM

30. ...

Isn't it amazing how powerful the vibrations of our thoughts are?


It really is.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:59 PM

21. She's so beautiful.

I can't help but love her too.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:59 PM

22. IT'S TOO BAD PEOPLE CAN'T BE MORE LIKE OUR PET DOGS......

What a more wonderful world this would be!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:59 PM

23. this made me cry

Thanks for posting this. It's a wonderful story.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 01:32 PM

24. KnR. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 02:36 PM

25. Wow! Just Wow!

Or maybe that should be ...

Bowwow! Just Bowwow!

Anyway, proud to live in your city, Omaha Steve!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 03:05 PM

26. I had a sign that said:

The more I see of some people, the more I love my dog.

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Response to tjl148 (Reply #26)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:58 PM

32. I strive to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am

always loved that one

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Response to Skittles (Reply #32)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 12:36 PM

36. Good one. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:26 PM

27. A kick for this beautiful story...Thanks, my dear Omaha Steve.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #27)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:13 PM

31. Ditto. eom

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:42 PM

28. This is beautiful

What a wonderful, moving story.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 06:15 PM

29. A most wonderful story.

Thanks for sharing it, Steve.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 06:20 AM

33. What a beautiful story

There is no doubt that dogs have a sense when someone needs help and/or protection.

We had a dog that we used to say, "was a great watch dog. She would lick a burglar to death." But when my grandmother, who was 97 at the time and just diagnosed with 4th stage lymphoma, moved in, our dog changed. She was constantly by my grandmother's side and everyone entering the house was sized up.

When the priest came to give my grandmother the last rights, Midnight, our dog, got between the priest and my grandmother. For the first time ever, besides the mailman, Midnight growled at someone. I had to hold her back from the priest. It was as if she knew what was going on and was trying to stop it.

Thank you for sharing this story.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 07:26 AM

34. This story just made cry a little bit.....so sad, yet so heartwarming.....

isn't that funny how dogs can sense things. Just loved this, thank you for posting.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Sep 2, 2014, 07:36 AM

35. 'brought tears to my eyes.. Dogs are truly the most wonderful creatures.

Much love to you, Rosie.

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